May 21, 2014 Daily News Recap

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May 21, 2014



Will_WeatherfordTampa Bay Times: House Speaker Will Weatherford defends redistricting map in court

TALLAHASSEE — In an unprecedented move, House Speaker Will Weatherford took the stand in the trial over Florida’s congressional districts Tuesday and defended against accusations that legislators allowed staff to work with political consultants, enabled a shadow process to influence the outcome and destroyed records.


Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times:  Scott gets veto pen as $77.1B budget hits desk

Nearly 2½ weeks after lawmakers completed the 2014 session, the $77.1 billion budget bill made it to Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday, but most bills that passed the Legislature still have not yet reached his desk.



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FHP_Trooper_Charles_SwindleTallahassee Democrat:   Trooper Charles Swindle loses appeal in lawmaker ticketing case

With no explanation, a state appeals court Tuesday ruled against a Florida Highway Patrol trooper who challenged a 120-hour suspension because he contended he was unfairly disciplined for giving breaks on speeding tickets to lawmakers.


North_Miami_Mayor_ArrestedMiami Herald: Governor suspends North Miami mayor over mortgage fraud charges

Gov. Rick Scott suspended North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau on Tuesday, just hours after she appeared in federal court to face mortgage-fraud charges.



Miami Herald:  Miami Dade College lost its sales-tax pitch in the Legislature, and may have burned some bridges

 Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón began this year’s legislative session with the goal of fixing the college’s outdated classrooms and decaying roofs. Those renovations — and a whole lot more — would be the prize if the college could secure lawmakers’ support of its long-desired half-penny sales-tax increase. School Board looks at options for performance-based pay

School Board members heard preliminary ideas Tuesday on how to incorporate performance-based pay, which goes into effect at the beginning of next school year.





VA_Investigation_ExpandsStars and Stripes: IG: VA investigations expanded to 26 facilities

WASHINGTON — The number of VA facilities under investigation after complaints about falsified records and treatment delays has more than doubled in recent days, the Office of Inspector General at the Veterans Affairs Department said late Tuesday.


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